Maialen Perez is a senior consultant based at the Brussels office of Technopolis Group. She has developed expertise in public policies with a particular interest in digital, industrial, innovation and entrepreneurial policies. She is familiar with both qualitative and quantitative methods of policy analysis, such as desk research, interviews, case studies, and surveys. She also works on communication activities and stakeholder platforms.
She is part of the core team of Intelligent Cities Challenge (DG Grow), bringing together 136 cities worldwide to achieve intelligent, socially responsible and sustainable growth. She is also involved in the Advanced Technologies for Industry project (DG Grow) where she is preparing diverse policy briefs and product reports on topics such as how digital policies can support the transition to a low carbon economy or flexible electronics.
Until recently, she also supported the Basque Innovation Agency (Innobasque) in monitoring the latest trends in European and international R&I policies.In the past, she has been in charge of supervising the European Resource Efficiency Knowledge Centre – EREK (DG Grow).
Prior to joining Technopolis Group in December 2017, Maialen worked one year for the Delegation of the Basque Country to the European Union in Brussels. During this time, she was involved with the European policies on International Trade, Research and Development, Innovation, Economy and Industry. She collaborated with different international networks in which the Basque Country was a member such as the Vanguard Initiative.
Maialen is at the moment studying a Msc in European Integration at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), and her Master Thesis focuses on Smart Cities in Europe and how they can support the achievement of the 2050 climate neutrality objectives of the European Commission.Before that Maialen obtained a B.A. Business Administration from the University of the Basque Country (Spain), she also studied for a year at the Hochschule fur Wirstchaf und Recht in Berlin (Germany) as part of the Erasmus Programme. She has an MBA in Business Administration and Advanced Research from Mondragon Unibertsitatea (Spain) and a postgraduate degree in Internationalization of Business from the University of the Basque Country. She is fluent in Spanish, Basque and English and is learning French.